I often think those of us with type 1 and type 2 diabetes might be two people separated by a common disease. We’ve got the bad islets, you’ve got the insulin resistance. We both might be on insulin — though not always for y’all T2s — but our motivations seem very different. We’re both at odds with “the sugar,” but I don’t fell like I understand the type 2 experience
very well at all. 90+% of diabetic folk have T2, but it seems like 90+% of the Diabetes Online Community (D-OC™) have T1.
Help me out with a little favor, if you would. Please tell me a little bit about T2.
- As a T1 PWD, I take insulin to keep me from falling over dead. Why do T2 people take insulin? Do y’all use long-acting insulin (e.g., Lantus) or fast-acting juice (like Humalog)?* Maybe a bit of both?
- How many times a day on average do y’all test? (I test about 10x daily.)
- If you see a high BG, what do you do? Do you take some insulin? Go for a walk? Pop a pill? Wait for later when it comes down on its own? (Told you, I’m a total T2 newb here.)
- Do T2 folks get hypoglycemia? Some of you must; I remember someone in my support group years ago talking about having a low on a cruise, and I helped a sweet older coworker who had the kind of sweat indoors that you can only get from low BG.
- This may be the dumbest T2 question I’ll ask — you can decide for yourself, of course — but is T2 mostly about food? Diabetes Forecast is all about low-carb eating and “healthier” food choices. There are a billion “diabetic” cookbooks out there. Most endo reports I’ve seen have a heavy emphasis on “pre-meal” and “post-meal” readings. And so on.
- How has T2 diabetes changed your life?
- What do you wish people with type 1 diabetes knew about type 2?
Feel free to answer in the comments below, or write something on your own website and leave a link to it. I’m sincerely interested in learning about this “mysterious” type 2 diabetes that you have. :^)
* — Late last year, I very briefly helped with the diabetes care of an aging family member so that she could attend an event outside her nursing home. Basically, they weren’t going to let her go unless someone would test her blood sugar and administer some insulin. I volunteered. While her BG was quite good — and I was happy to have it in my meter — I have to say that I was a little freaked out giving her the 15-or-so units of Humalog all at once. (And it wasn’t tied to the amount that she ate either.) That’s almost half of my average daily insulin dosage, and I had to triple check the dosage. But I did it, and a couple hours later when I tested her again, everything was fine. Clearly, T1 and T2 people have different experiences with our shared disease.
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